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Print - Progress of the Toilet – Dress Completed
  • Progress of the Toilet – Dress Completed
    Gillray, James, born 1757 - died 1815
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Progress of the Toilet – Dress Completed

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    1810 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gillray, James, born 1757 - died 1815 (artist)
    Humphrey, Hannah (Publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:

    1232:84-1882

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 138, box A

This print depicts a lady, dressed for evening in the most up to date fashion of the day (1810), admiring herself in a mirror. Behind her, a maid holds her shawl and fan. In the background, a bookcase holds two volumes of 'Delphine' and one of 'The Monk'. On the floor lies a copy of 'Gallery of Fashion'. 'Delphine' is a novel by Germaine de Stael, an early feminist thinker. 'The Monk' is a Gothic novel about the carnal temptations of a monk, by Matthew Lewis. Both books were considered fashionable and controversial in this period, and their inclusion here suggests that the subject of the print has been readind material deemed 'improper' for respectable women.

James Gillray, the creator of this print, produced a large number of satires on the topic of contemporary fashion, as well as political prints. This image is the third in a series of three, the previous of which depicted the same woman having her appearance altered by the use of stays (corsets) and a wig.

Physical description

A lady, fashionably dressed for evening in a high-waisted, sprigged dress, stands behind a long mirror. Her maid stands behind her, holding a shawl and a fan. The maid holds up one hand as if in admiration. In the background, a bookcase holds two volumes of 'Delphine' and one of 'The Monk'. On the floor lies a copy of 'Gallery of Fashion'.

Place of Origin

London (printed)

Date

1810 (printed)

Artist/maker

Gillray, James, born 1757 - died 1815 (artist)
Humphrey, Hannah (Publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured

Dimensions

Height: 28 cm, Width: 24.2 cm cm, Width: 22.4 cm

Object history note

Object originally bound in a guard-book containing one hundred and fifteen caricatures by T. Rowlandson, W. Heath, J. Gillray, R. Dighton, G. Cruikshank and others

Descriptive line

Satirical print, ‘Progress of the Toilet – Dress Completed - Plate 3’ by James Gillray, London, 1810

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Etching; Technique

Categories

Fashion; Satire; Women's clothes

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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